Humboldt County is the oldest county in Nevada that has built its economy around agriculture, mining, and tourism. Agriculture leads the state with over 100,000 acres under cultivation, while sustainable tourism is supported through gaming, abundant outdoor recreation opportunities, and excellent hunting and fishing. Mining has been a cornerstone since the beginning with rich mineral deposits of gold, dolomite, opal, purified wood and silver. Today, Humboldt County is working towards expanding its overall mineral mining portfolio to include lithium. Large deposits of lithium have been identified in the McDermitt Caldera area that presents a unique opportunity to develop a significant supply to satisfy increasing market demands.
The purpose of this report is to estimate the economic, fiscal and community impacts from the construction and operation of a new lithium mine, lithium processing plant, and sulfuric acid manufacturing plant in Humboldt County, Nevada. This study contributes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Socioeconomic Impact Assessment, for Lithium Nevada Corp. permit application